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Crown Affair, FiftyForward’s annual signature fundraising event. This popular evening features a reception, silent auction and a dinner catered by a local, well-known chef. The event highlight is the presentation of the Crowning Achievement Award to community leaders who are generous in the support of FiftyForward and other community causes.

Save the Date!

Date: Thursday, April 25, 2019

Location: FiftyForward/Patricia Hart Building, 174 Rains Ave, Nashville 37203

Tickets: $250
For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Elizabeth Ralph, Crown Affair Coordinator at 615-743-3409 or email at

To purchase tickets: please visit our donate page and note Crown Affair in the comments section.

Crown Affair Honorees

Each of these honorees is being honored because they exemplify a giving spirit, and each is dedicated to serving others, not only through FiftyForward but through other nonprofit organizations in the community.

Betsy Crossley is known for her many contributions to our state. Over the last two decades she has served as Brentwood Mayor and City Commissioner, was appointed to several state boards by the Governor, was the first woman to sit on the Tennessee Local Development Authority, and won the Williamson County Impact Award on three separate occasions. She is a long-time volunteer for the FiftyForward Martin Center including roles as advisory chair, coordinating the strategic plan, and as a tutor for technology classes.

Vicki Horne is one of Nashville’s most notable community volunteers and a six-year member of the FiftyForward Board. She is a past president of Cable and a past Cable Athena nominee. She has chaired, served as board member and led numerous fundraisers for local organizations including the American Heart Association, The Nashville Public Library Foundation, Tennessee Repertory Theatre, Nashville Symphony, and The Nashville Food Project.

Lelan Statom is an Emmy-Award winning meteorologist who has spent more than 20 years helping those in the Mid-South start their day as part of NewsChannel 5 This Morning, the station’s #1 rated morning newscast. He is a past Black Achiever with the YMCA and has been honored for his work on television and in the community. In addition, he is a long-time volunteer for FiftyForward including serving as emcee of our popular FiftyForward Madison Station Whistlestop and FiftyForward Bordeaux Hats Off for Bordeaux! events to raise money to aid older adults.

FiftyForward Corporate Crowning Achievement Award

In recognition of extraordinary corporate philanthropy, the FiftyForward Corporate Crowning Achievement Award is presented to a business that supports nonprofits in the community. This year we are pleased to present this award to Cigna-HealthSpring.

Cigna-HealthSpring shares our commitment to serving older adults and is an outstanding philanthropic corporate partner. Cigna-HealthSpring provides volunteers for FiftyForward Adult Day Services, supplies for FiftyForward Fresh/Meals on Wheels as well as funding for all seven FiftyForward lifelong learning centers.

2019 Crown Affair Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor


Gold Sponsors

The Dorothy Cate and Thomas F. Frist Foundation
Lisle-Parham Wealth Management
Nissan North America, Inc.
Louie M. and Betty M. Phillips Foundation
Louise B. Wallace Foundation
Libby and Morris Werthan
Jerry and Ernie Williams

Silver Sponsors

The Ayers Foundation
Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, LLP
Caterpillar Financial Services Corporation
Dollar General Corporation
Nashville Electric Service
National Healthcare Corporation/Richland Place
Piedmont Natural Gas
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Beverage Sponsor
Lipman Brothers